Medium (season 7)
|Medium (season 7)|
Region 1 DVD cover art
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||13|
|Original release||September 24, 2010– January 21, 2011|
The seventh and final season of Medium, an American television series, began broadcasting September 24, 2010 on CBS. The seventh and final season ended on January 21, 2011. The season premiered to only 6.10 million viewers while the season and series finale got 7.87 million viewers the highest in over a year since 6.12 on January 15, 2010.
Season 7 was the seventh and final season of Medium. CBS renewed the show in May 2010, but they put the show in the 8:00pm Friday Night slot replacing Ghost Whisperer. The ratings began to fall so by mid-autumn, CBS had cut the episodes from a full 22 down to 13.
The series finale credits the entire cast and their work on the show throughout the series. It shows each cast member as the set of the show is disassembled. Series lead Patricia Arquette, who played Allison, is the last one seen as the final set of the familiar show is removed.
Ariel goes off to Dartmouth College this season and we see little of her, but more of Bridgette and Marie, with Bridgette central to some episodes this season. Allison and Joe's relationship begins to dwindle a bit this season as we learn the two aren't seeing eye to eye on everything from work to the girls, to waking up to a "different" Allison every day. In Season Four's Burn Baby Burn Parts 1 and 2, Allison tells Marjorie (Joe's mother) that she will be fine, but the little white lie proved not true. Marjorie passes away from a brain tumor/cancer in Blood on the Tracks and she warns Allison about the darkness ahead of them. Lee Scanlon deals with his deceased brother for a few episodes and admits to Allison that he has let the woman kill him a few seasons back. Devalos decides to run for the Mayor and Allison and Joe both plan to enroll in school which has caused tension between them. Laura San Giacomo who played in the show Just Shoot Me guest stars as a neighbor in the episode The People in Your Neighborhood. Allison's half brother Michael comes back after a three-season hiatus, this time played by Patricia's real life brother David Arquette.
The series ends on a bittersweet note. Joe is killed in a plane crash on his way back from Hawaii, and we see how seven years later, Allison has become the assistant DA, Devalos has become the Mayor, Marie as a 14-year-old, while Bridgette is in college and not present in the episode. We also see a pregnant and married Ariel. While Allison is working on a trial, she seems to have visions of Joe actually surviving the crash but with amnesia. Allison makes a decision to find out where Joe is which sacrifices her own career and their lives in US. However, she ends up finding a startling truth! The series ends in 2052, which would be 41 years later as Allison is listening to her great grand child on a recording and she meets Joe as they both look like in the present. They share a passionate kiss which shows their love lasts forever.
Cast and characters
- Patricia Arquette as Allison DuBois
- Miguel Sandoval as Manuel Devalos
- David Cubitt as Lee Scanlon
- Sofia Vassilieva as Ariel DuBois
- Maria Lark as Bridgette DuBois
- Jake Weber as Joe DuBois
- Madison and Miranda Carabello as Marie DuBois
- Bruce Gray as Joe's Dad
- Tina DiJoseph as Lynn DiNovi
- Kathy Baker as Marjorie DuBois
- Roxanne Hart as Lily Devalos
- Dean Norris as Scanlon's deceased brother
- David Arquette as Allison's brother Michael AKA Lucky
- John Glover as Carson Churchill
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||U.S. viewers|
|118||1||"Bring Your Daughter to Work Day"||Aaron Lipstadt||Michael Narducci||September 24, 2010||6.10|
|A missing homeless man is featured in the dreams of Allison and Bridgette that results in the two switching bodies, sending Allison to school and Bridgette to the office. When the homeless man is murdered, Allison and Bridgette soon realize they were swapped for a reason and must put the pieces of the case together to swap back.|
|119||2||"The Match Game"||Larry Teng||Denise Thé||October 1, 2010||5.95|
|Visions of symbols floating over people's heads make Allison think they could be used to find their perfect mates. Playing matchmaker based on the symbols, Allison arranges a date between a restaurateur, Gil, and a doctor, Judy, only to dream of Gil murdering Judy in the process. Meanwhile, Joe must figure out what to do when a female employees accuses a male co-worker of sexual harassment.|
|120||3||"Means and Ends"||Aaron Lipstadt||Tim Talbott||October 8, 2010||6.08|
|Allison is worried about Scanlon, who is being haunted by dreams about his dead brother Paul, beginning with his brother taking a beating from their dad for Scanlon when they were kids. Meanwhile, Ariel's final plans for college are interrupted by visions of a missing young woman.|
|121||4||"How to Kill a Good Guy"||Larry Teng||Geoffrey Geib||October 15, 2010||5.93|
|Allison's investigation of a missing girl's murder may have a link to Scanlon's late brother. She lets the local sheriff know, which further erodes her relationship with Scanlon who yells at her for not letting him know first. Bridgette and Marie must deal with Ariel heading off to college as Ariel's dead grandfather suggests she help them cope with her departure.|
|122||5||"Talk to the Hand"||Colin Bucksey||Robert Doherty & Craig Sweeny||October 22, 2010||6.54|
|Allison burns her hand in the kitchen requiring a skin graft. After surgery, she finds that the hand has a mind of its own, which ties her into a case involving a missing woman named Monica who had uncovered an illegal tissue donor operation. Meanwhile, Bridgette isn't telling her parents the whole truth about her involvement on the school soccer team.|
|123||6||"Where Were You When?"||Peter Werner||Jordan Rosenberg||October 29, 2010||6.83|
|Allison's flashes to the future leave her feeling powerless to stop an upcoming catastrophic event in which a bomb explodes in an office building at 9:18 a.m., but she doesn't know which day.|
|124||7||"Native Tongue"||Aaron Lipstadt||Arika Lisanne Mittman||November 5, 2010||6.97|
|Allison suddenly is unable to understand spoken English when she wakes up after having a dream involving a Navajo Indian being burned to death by a man in a flameproof suit. This results in her developing a friendship with a linguist named Jane (Judy Reyes) who translates for her. The situation tries Joe's patience as he thinks about how many strange situations he's had to put up with during their marriage.|
|125||8||"Smoke Damage"||Vincent Misiano||Corey Reed & Travis Donnelly||November 12, 2010||6.88|
|A series of mysterious fire-related deaths may be tied to Allison's dreams of a blaze in which a girl is trapped in a burning building. Allison must also think about where her professional career is headed as Devalos starts thinking seriously about running for mayor against a family friend.|
|126||9||"The People in Your Neighborhood"||Peter Werner||Arika Lisanne Mittman & Jordan Rosenberg & Denise Thé||November 19, 2010||7.31|
|Allison's visions about a convicted sex offender named Clark who moves into her neighborhood have her questioning his guilt. When neighbors try to get Clark out of the neighborhood, a 16-year-old girl is found dead. When the evidence seems to point to Clark, he takes his own life believing he will be charged with the murder. Allison uncovers the truth and finds out who really did it.|
|127||10||"Blood on the Tracks"||Aaron Lipstadt||Geoff Geib||December 3, 2010||6.65|
Allison dreams of a murder about a man who is struck by a train. When a man is killed just like in her dream, Allison is convinced it's a homicide. Meanwhile, Joe has difficulty handling his mother's cancer diagnosis. Allison urges Joe to visit his mother in the hospital where he discovers she's dying but has no will. She believes she will recover because of something Allison told her in the past, but Joe tells her that Allison lied to give her hope, and she creates a will before she dies.Blooper: Marjorie dies of an Anaplastic astrocytoma which is a grade 3 cancerous brain tumour in the show, but the doctors said it was stage 4 brain cancer which is a Glioblastoma Multiforme brain tumor.
|128||11||"Only Half Lucky"||Larry Reibman||Corey Reed & Travis Donnelly||January 7, 2011||6.90|
|Allison's dream arouses suspicion regarding her brother Michael (David Arquette replaced Ryan Hurst who played Michael in seasons 1-3 due to unavailability), who tries to kill himself, but when she calls him the next day, she finds out he's traveling to Phoenix for business. Bridgette's abilities pique the interest of Devalos's campaign manager who has a shady past, which leads to Devalos firing her.|
|129||12||"Labor Pains"||Miguel Sandoval||Tim Talbott||January 14, 2011||6.61|
|Allison is pestered by Jeremy, who believes his wife didn't leave him and wants Allison to dream about the truth. She promises to read his file on her way out of town, but at the airport he kidnaps her and drugs her to help her sleep and dream. She eventually links his missing wife with a current murder D.A. was investigating. Jeremy's wife was murdered and her baby was raised by the killer. Allison drops the charges against Jeremy and reunites him with his child. Teachers think Marie has a learning disability but Joe realizes it's connected to the solution to his work problem.|
|130||13||"Me Without You"||Peter Werner||Craig Sweeny & Robert Doherty & Glenn Gordon Caron||January 21, 2011||7.87|
|In the series finale, Allison has to delve through her dreams one final time after Joe dies in an airplane crash. She's actually woken up by the phone ringing, Joe should be arriving earlier than planned, he tells her. Then, turbulences occur, and Allison witnesses the plane's going down, and Joe's death over the phone, with a dramatic final 'I love you Allison, with all my heart' as the plane plunges. Seven years later and at last a successful lawyer, and the DA's first assistant, Allison must confront a drug smuggler who seemingly orders the death of the new DA during his prosecution, forcing Mayor Manuel Devalos to keep Allison from destroying her own career when her dreams and the criminal suggest that Joe has been alive all along. But Allison's dream is in fact false, or to be precise, all the flashforward 7 years into the future is actually a dream of what can happen, given to Allison by Joe himself. She wakes up in the present, when the dream within a dream finally awakens her, by the voice of Joe, instead of the phone ringing. We are left to believe that the final call from Joe was part of the whole dream, too, though nothing is completely ascertained in that regard. Allison turns around in her bed, imagining she'll find Joe by her side, but only to find Joe's ghost talking to her. He tells her that he in fact did die in the plane crash. He tells her that he wanted to make her dream of how things could be without him, but that even in the dream, she wanted so bad that he'd still be alive, that she in fact 'took back the control' over the dream, and invented the case about the drug smuggler, and the beach in Mexico, and Joe surviving the crash. He tells her to accept his absence, that she has to let go. Then he moves back, and disappears, leaving Allison crying and pleading. We then jump 41 years into the future, in the year 2052, where an elderly Allison is living in a retirement home and is listening to her great granddaughter leave her a message on her answering machine. Minutes later, Allison passes away. She is then shown to be reuniting with Joe in the way she looked 41 years prior.|
United States ratings
|Episode number||Title||Original airing||HH Rating||Share||Rating/share
|Total viewers (in millions)||Note|
|118 (7.01)||Bring Your Daughter to Work Day||September 24, 2010||4.0||8||1.4||6.102|||
|119 (7-02)||The Match Game||October 1, 2010||3.2||6||1.2||5.953|||
|120 (7-03)||Means and Ends||October 8, 2010||3.8||7||1.2||6.082|||
|121 (7-04)||How to Kill a Good Guy||October 15, 2010||3.9||8||1.1||5.931|||
|122 (7-05)||Talk to the Hand||October 22, 2010||4.2||8||1.4||6.539|||
|123 (7-06)||Where Were You When...?||October 29, 2010||4.3||8||1.4||6.827|||
|124 (7-07)||Native Tongue||November 5, 2010||4.5||8||1.5||6.969|||
|125 (7-08)||Smoke Damage||November 12, 2010||4.3||8||1.4||6.877|||
|126 (7-09)||The People in Your Neighborhood||November 19, 2010||4.6||8||1.4||7.312|||
|127 (7-10)||Blood On the Tracks||December 3, 2010||4.3||8||1.4||6.653|||
|128 (7-11)||Only Half Lucky||January 7, 2011||4.3||8||1.4||6.899|||
|129 (7-12)||Labor Pains||January 14, 2011||4.2||8||1.3||6.609|||
|130 (7-13)||Me Without You||January 21, 2011||4.9||9||1.6||7.866|||
- Gorman, Bill (September 27, 2010). "Friday Finals: Supernatural Up; Dateline Down". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on October 1, 2010. Retrieved September 27, 2010.
- Seidman, Robert (October 5, 2010). "Friday Finals: No Changes With 18-49 Ratings for Originals". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 5, 2010.
- Gorman, Bill (October 11, 2010). "Friday Final Ratings: Dateline, Outlaw, Good Guys, Supernatural Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 12, 2010.
- Seidman, Robert (October 18, 2010). "Friday Final Ratings: Medium Adjusted Down, Smallville, Supernatural Hold Preliminary Ratings". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on October 20, 2010. Retrieved October 19, 2010.
- Gorman, Bill (October 25, 2010). "Friday Final Ratings: Smallville Adjusted Up; CSI:NY, Dateline Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on October 27, 2010. Retrieved October 25, 2010.
- Gorman, Bill (November 1, 2010). "Friday Final Ratings: The Great Pumpkin Rises". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved November 1, 2010.
- Gorman, Bill (November 8, 2010). "Friday Final Ratings: What Would You Do?, 20/20, Blue Bloods Adjusted Up". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on November 10, 2010. Retrieved November 8, 2010.
- Seidman, Robert (November 15, 2010). "Friday Final Ratings: 20/20 Down a Tenth; Smallville Still Rocked w/Teri Hatcher". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved November 15, 2010.
- Seidman, Robert (November 22, 2010). "Friday Final Ratings: CSI: NY Adjusted Down; School Pride Adjusted Up". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved November 23, 2010.
- Gorman, Bill (December 6, 2010). "Friday Final Ratings: No Adjustments For Smallville, Supernatural, Or Any Other Shows". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved December 6, 2010.
- Gorman, Bill (January 8, 2011). "TV Ratings Friday: 'Cotton Bowl' Puts Fox On Top, Medium Steady, CSI:NY Slips". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved January 9, 2011.
- Gorman, Bill (January 18, 2011). "Friday Final Ratings: Human Target Adjusted Up & Down, Supernanny, Minute To Win It Just Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved January 18, 2011.
- Seidman, Robert (January 24, 2011). "Friday Final Ratings: Fringe Premiere, Medium Finale Unchanged". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved January 24, 2011.